Rome Explosions Injure Two in Possible Eco-Terrorist Threat

Two parcel bomb explosions at the Chilean and Swiss embassies in Rome have injured two people, officials said Thursday.

At about noon local time today, the blast from a package bomb injured a staffer at the Swiss embassy. The staffer received severe hand injuries but his condition was not life-threatening, the BBC reported.


Chief Francesco Tagliente told The Associated Press Thursday that one person was also injured in an explosion at the Chilean embassy, which occurred shortly after 3 p.m.

Italian police have notified all embassies about the incidents. There is currently no indication of who planted the devices, but Corriere della Sera, an Italian daily newspaper, reported that investigators were “targeting anarchistic circles of eco-terrorist extraction.”

“Detectives are assessing various hypotheses, including that of an attack planned by anarchist-insurrectionist movements connected with the jailing of several anarchist exponents currently held in Swiss prisons,” the newspaper said on its website, according to UPI.

“It will probably be a couple of days before more information emerges. But it doesn’t look like a typical jihadist thing. It looks more like the act of a leftist, fringe group,” said Stephan Bierling, professor of International Politics at Regensburg University in Germany, according to MSNBC.

The explosions come after widespread anti-government protests in Italy and the discovery of a suspicious device on an empty underground train in Rome Tuesday. Testing revealed that package lacked a detonator or any explosive material.


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